The speeches delivered at the ceremony highlighted the feats-of-arms of the local border troops. They read, after the South Liberation and National Reunification Day, the Gia Lai Provincial Armed Police (now the Provincial Border Guard) built its force to implement higher level’s assigned tasks, including the establishment of Border Station 649 (now Le Thanh International Border Gate). During the Southwestern Border Protection War, the local armed forces engaged in 20 battles and annihilated more than 60 enemies.

Offering incense to martyrs

Fierce battles against Pol Pot invading forces took place at Border Station 649. Typically, from June 18 to 26, 1978, the station’s troops firmly protected the national sovereignty and ten troops of the station laid down their lives.

The Party and State bestowed the “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” on the border guard station in December 1979, in recognition of its feats-of-arms. Additionally, a memorial stele was erected after nine months of construction in commemoration of the station’s fallen border troops.

Translated by Trung Thanh